Circuit-QED with single spins

Research group leader: Professor Andrea Morello
Salary range: AU $102–144k plus 17 per cent employer superannuation and leave loading
Contract: Three years fixed term with possible extension


This is a prestigious research position, within a dynamic and highly collaborative international research environment. The role is based at Silicon Quantum Computing Pty Ltd, a start-up company attached to the headquarters of the Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. The company is a unique start-up, being a public-private partnership between industry, government and UNSW Sydney that seeks to commercialise silicon quantum computing technology being developed in Australia – technology that has the potential to revolutionise computing worldwide.

This role is part of a team working towards a prototype quantum processor assembled from donor-based spin qubits in silicon. The team, headed by Professor Andrea Morello, has made several landmark demonstrations towards this goal over the past five years, including the world’s first single-atom spin qubit in silicon and single-qubit gate fidelities amongst the highest for any solid-state qubit.

The successful candidate will develop and characterise devices that employ circuit quantum electrodynamics to facilitate multi-spin qubit interactions over large distances through coupling to high quality-factor superconducting resonators. They will work closely with a multidisciplinary team towards the overarching goal of producing the prototype silicon quantum processor. Experience in solid-state semiconductor and/or superconductor qubit measurements is required.

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Specific responsibilities for this role include:

Level B

  • Conduct research both independently and collaboratively with a multidisciplinary team of technicians, engineers, postdoctoral researchers and PhD students working towards the project goal of producing a prototype silicon quantum processor. This will include:
    • Developing and devising donor-based spin qubit device architectures;
    • Developing and characterising devices that employ circuit-quantum electrodynamics to facilitate multi-spin qubit interactions over large distances through coupling to high quality-factor superconducting resonators.
  • Perform device modelling and simulate the dynamics of coupled superconductor and multi-donor spin qubit systems.
  • Simulate and design passive RF and microwave circuits (resonators, filters) using commercial software packages.
  • Assist fabrication engineers and technicians to develop suitable device fabrication process flows.
  • Fabricate multi-layer hybrid silicon donor-superconductor devices.
  • Characterise and operate devices in cryogenic measurement systems.
  • Construct an experimental setup (high frequency and DC electronics) for performing qubit measurements.
  • Prepare manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed journals and present results at conferences as required.
  • Assist with the commercialisation of research outcomes and development of intellectual property.
  • Co-supervision of HDR students as required.
  • Where appropriate, perform administrative functions.
  • Develop safe work procedures for new equipment and be responsible for the day-to-day maintenance of equipment and training of students and ensuring hazards and risks are identified and controlled for tasks, projects and activities that pose a health and safety risk within your area of responsibility.
  • Cooperate with all health and safety policies and procedures of the university and take all reasonable care to ensure that your actions or omissions do not impact on the health and safety of yourself or others.

Level C
In addition to the below:

  • Assume a significant role in the research project, and where appropriate, leadership of a research team.
  • Provide strategic input to the design and development of the research project, updating goals and milestones to reflect advancements in the state-of-the-art of the discipline.
  • Prepare manuscripts for submission to prestigious international journals and present results at conferences.
  • Support the commercialisation of research outcomes and development of intellectual property.
  • Supervision of HDR students as required.
  • Broad administrative functions.



Level B

  • A PhD or equivalent in the Physical Sciences or Engineering.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct research with limited supervision.
  • Demonstrated ability in operating cryogenic measurement systems, including 4 K dip probes and dilution refrigerators.
  • Demonstrated experience in the measurement of solid-state spin, charge or superconducting qubits (including the acquisition and analysis of data).
  • Demonstrated experience with using RF and microwave test equipment (eg signal generators, spectrum analysers, network analysers, power meters, oscilloscopes).
  • Proficiency in programming languages of relevance to the acquisition and analysis of data from electronic instruments (eg Python, Matlab and C).
  • Demonstrated experience in using commercial microwave simulation software packages (eg AWR Microwave Office, Sonnet, CST, COMSOL).
  • Ability to simulate the quantum dynamics of coupled qubit systems using numerical software packages (eg MATLAB, Mathematica).
  • Strong publication record in the area of experimental quantum computing in top, peer-reviewed journals.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills and demonstrated ability to work effectively in a multidisciplinary team.
  • Prior experience in managing a research project and setting research targets.
  • Prior experience of co-supervising HDR students.
  • Excellent IT skills, including experience with word processing such as MS-WORD, LaTex or equivalent.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail and ability to manage competing priorities to meet project deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to think logically, create solutions and make informed decisions.
  • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training.
  • Ability and capacity to implement required UNSW health and safety policies and procedures.

Level C
In addition to the below:

  • Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research and substantial research experience in academia or in industry.
  • Excellent research track record in the discipline area as evidenced by conference presentations and publications.
  • Demonstrated track record in designing, building and operating circuit-quantum electrodynamic systems and successfully achieving coherent control of their quantum state.
  • Demonstrated theoretical expertise in the field of spin qubit control, interaction, and their interface with microwave photons.
  • Demonstrated experience in HDR student supervision.


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Closing date: Applications close at 11:59pm on 31 December 2017 AEDT. We encourage all candidates to complete the application process as soon as possible. Potential start dates are negotiable for the successful candidate.

Contact: a [dot] morello


An appointment to this position is subject to the approval of Silicon Quantum Computing Pty Ltd. Personal information submitted as part of an application for this position may be disclosed to SQC for the purpose of processing the application.

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